Hello Ladies and gentlemen and honored attendees, it is a pleasure to meet you all! I would like to bid you all welcome today and thank you for giving me the opportunity to deliver a speech at the Polaris Project organization conference 2019 here in Washington, D.C.
My name is Marcus Marcel Christiansen, I am 18 years old and currently I am studying at the university of Kentucky, therefore I would like to talk about human trafficking and account for the global extent of the problem, where I will discuss what we can do to stop this problem.
At the moment there are around 40.3 million individuals caught in slavery worldwide. There are some different kinds of human trafficking.
One of them is forced labour, which is any kind of work or service that people are forced to do against their will, under threat of punishment.
Most of modern slavery contain some element of forced labour. Around 68% to be accurate. The second one is sexual slavery. Sexual slavery is slavery for the purpose of sexual exploitation. Sexual slavery may involve single-owner sexual slavery.
Most of the slaves are girls under the legal age, which is 18. The children are around 15-16 years old, and some even younger. Around 22% slavery is sexual slavery.
The third and last kind of human trafficking is state imposed forced labour. This is typically when a political prisoners or prisoners have not been charged with a crime or prosecuted, convicted or sentenced by a fair hearing.